Secret Court gives the okay to proposed changes of metadata collection from phones

Secret Court gives the okay to proposed changes of metadata collection from phones
The secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) gave the nod to the Obama Administration’s plans to overhaul the way bulk data is collected and stored by the government.

The President noted that the National Security Agency should not be the holder of that information, rather a private company or other third-party non-government entity should be the gatekeeper to such information.

Moreover, the President ordered that searches of the data should be limited to two “hops” from a person of interest rather than three. These changes were filed with FISC by the Department of Justice, the former granting these changes to begin implementation yesterday.

The details of these orders are still secret. There will be a declassification review on February 17th, at which time, if these filings are declassified, more will be revealed about how much of an overhaul these directives will really be.

The obvious balance (one that may not be achievable) being sought is one that allows the government to detect potential threats without creating unwarranted intrusion. Regardless of the lengths these changes will really go, the debate about government scrutiny over this telephony data is far from over.

source: Ars Technica



1. jaspergrantus

Posts: 9; Member since: Jan 14, 2014

Im the first one to comment atlast!

2. tedkord

Posts: 17463; Member since: Jun 17, 2009


3. Aploine

Posts: 445; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

Because companies are more secure and reliable than a national agency. Logical. Give them the police too. And the national forces. And the justice. And Guantanamo. Let bio companies pattent our dna. Why not?

10. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Monsanto can and has already done that.

4. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Lost in the 'changes' is the circumstance that this data vacuuming has not stopped a single terror plot.

5. ZeroCide

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

Lets make up a court to give ourselves power.

6. eN16HTMAR3

Posts: 253; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

LOL. Your right. The thing the NSA should do is just stop. That easy. If you feel you need to look into phone data. You need a reason to perform the search as well as a warrent. No if's and's or but's. No more collection for the sake of collecting.

7. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

It is more like lets use the FISA court to give the stamp of legitimacy to a rogue program. W. had authorized metadata vacuuming after the 9/11 attacks, but it was not subject to any oversight. Then, after getting spanked for going rogue, they run the program UNCHANGED through the FISA court and everything is fine. It took Snowden to pull away the scab and expose the program before even the most modest of changes get made to it.

8. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"Secret Court" That says all.


Posts: 1461; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

NSA cronies behind the scene grand standing in the public eye as the FISC. Behind the scenes business as usual.

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